The fourth stop in my trip around the world.
23.06.2012 - 29.06.2012 22 °C
I arrived in Cape Town, South Africa! I am so excited to be visiting a new continent. The total duration of my flight from Bali, Indonesia to Cape Town, South Africa was 28 hours and 40 minutes. I had two stops in Jakarta, Indonesia and in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was an overnight flight so I am still very tired. The cost of the flight was $1493 and I travelled 10 114.88 kilometers. I am sure it will be all worth it! I was able to spend 5 days in Cape Town, and saw the Clifton Beach, the Cape Town Diamond Museum, and the Bi-Kaap Neighbourhood. Clifton Beach is a white sand beach with water that is beautifully blue and icy cold. There is a total of four beaches within Clifton Beaches and all four of them are truly spectacular as they are shielded from wind by huge boulders. The wind boulders allow you to enjoy the beaches even on a windy and unpleasant day. There are amazing restaurants within the vicinity however, locals pass by selling refreshments and snacks so you don't even have to move from your spot and risk it being taken away. You only have to pay for a seat and an umbrella and you are set for the whole day. I wish we had beaches like this back at home!
The Cape Town Diamond Museum paid tribute to the world's most precious gem. Our tour guides name was Jim and he explained the whole story of the diamond to us. It was so interesting to listen to. I was also able to see some of the some of the areas were the diamonds are worked on as they are in the diamond cutting and polishing phases. It was really fascinating to see the raw diamonds become brilliant stones.
The Bi-Kaap Neighbourhood was something I have never seen before. It was vibrant with lots of colour and character. I went during the week so I was only able to see music classes practicing for annual concerts. On the weekends major sporting events like Rugby, usually occur. I was hoping to sign up for a cooking class at a home, but I was late getting around to it. The gorgeous colourful cottages and the lovely Malay dishes served by the locals provided a great atmosphere accompanied by a real nice view of the top of table mountain.
I spent my nights at a hotel called "Upperbloem", it was $49 per night. The location was right near the centre of the town so it was perfect for finding transportation to and from destinations. The rooms had a fantastic view, that was most definitely picture-esk. The owner was extremely knowledgeable and always went the extra mile to help with anything that we needed. A restaurant that I really enjoyed was called the 'Savoy Cabbage' which specialized in exotic African food. You have to go there and be adventurous. the food was imaginative, well-presented, and tasty. I ended up trying the warthog and really enjoyed it! I never thought I would like it as much as I did! After Cape Town, South Africa I planned to visit Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.